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Office of Minority Health
Offices of Minority Health


Offices of Minority Health can be found at the Federal, Regional, and State levels. This page contains contacts for each of these offices.

HHS Office of Minority Health Office of the Secretary
The Office of Minority Health (OMH) was created in 1986 and is one of the most significant outcomes of the 1985 Secretary's Task Force Report on Black and Minority Health. The Office is dedicated to improving the health of racial and ethnic minority populations through the development of health policies and programs that will help eliminate health disparities. OMH was reauthorized by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (P.L. 111-148).

Offices of Minority Health in HHS Agencies
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), P.L. 111-148, required the establishment of Offices of Minority Health (OMH) within six agencies of HHS: the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ); the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS); the Food and Drug Administration (FDA); the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA); and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

CDC and AHRQ previously had established such offices administratively and AHRQ had established a senior advisor position on minority health to serve as a focal point for coordinating minority health disparities work in the agency. Both HRSA and AHRQ have elected to keep their current reporting structure, under provisions of the ACA.

These offices join the existing HHS Office of Minority Health and NIH National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities to lead and coordinate activities that improve the health of racial and ethnic minority populations and eliminate health disparities.

Agency for Healthcare Research Quality (AHRQ)
Agency Profile

Francis D. Chesley, Jr., MD
Director, Office of Extramural Research, Education and Priority Populations
540 Gaither Road, Room 2034
Rockville, MD 20850
(301) 427-1521
francis.chesley@ahrq.hhs.gov
Priority Populations: http://www.ahrq.gov/populations/
2010 National Healthcare Quality & Disparities Reports: http://www.ahrq.gov/qual/qrdr10.htm

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Agency Profile

Leandris Liburd, PhD, MPH
Director, Office of Minority Health and Health Equity
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Mail stop K-77
4770 Buford Hwy
Atlanta, GA 30329
(770) 488 - 8200
leandris.liburd@cdc.hhs.gov
http://www.cdc.gov/minorityhealth/OMHHE.html

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
Agency Profile

Cara V. James, PhD
Director, Office of Minority Health
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
7500 Security Blvd.
Baltimore, MD 21244
(410) 786-6842
Cara.James@cms.hhs.gov

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Agency Profile

Jonca Bull, MD
Director, Office of Minority Health
10903 New Hampshire Avenue
Bldg. 32 Room 2329
Silver Spring, MD 20903
(301) 796-8000
Jonca.Bull@fda.hhs.gov
http://www.fda.gov/AboutFDA/CentersOffices/OC/OfficeofMinorityHealth/default.htm

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
Agency Profile

Michelle Allender-Smith, RN, MS
Director, Office of Health Equity
5600 Fishers Lane, Room 12-61
Rockville, MD 20857
(301) 443 – 5323
mallender-smith@hrsa.gov
http://www.hrsa.gov/about/organization/bureaus/osha/keystaff.html

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Yvonne T. Maddox, PhD
Acting
Director, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
National Institutes of Health
6707 Democracy Blvd. Suite 800
Bethesda, MD 20892-5465
(301)402-1366
maddoxy@exchange.nih.gov
http://www.nimhd.nih.gov

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Agency Profile

Larke Nahme Huang, PhD
Director, Office of Behavioral Health Equity
Office of the Administrator
One Choke Cherry Drive, Room 8-1051
Rockville, MD 20857
(240) 276-2014
larke.huang@samhsa.hhs.gov

HHS Regional Offices

Regional offices of minority health, map
http://minorityhealth.hhs.gov/templates/browse.aspx?lvl=2&lvlid=188

State Offices of Minority Health and Related State Information
Each of the 50 states have a minority health or health equity office or entity. These offices share a common goal to improve health disparities within their state through the following core competencies: monitor health status; inform, educate, and empower people; mobilize community partnerships and action; and develop policies and plans to support health efforts.

Below you will find a map with contact information for each of the state offices of minority health, a list of state profiles, a copy of the 2011 disparities in health legislation, and a number of other relevant links.

Find state offices of minority health, map
http://minorityhealth.hhs.gov/templates/browse.aspx?lvl=2&lvlID=187

State offices of minority health, profiles
http://www.ncsl.org/default.aspx?TabId=14299 Exit Disclaimer

Disparities in health: state legislation introduced in 2011
http://www.ncsl.org/default.aspx?tabid=14298 Exit Disclaimer

Health reform activities, from the National Conference of State Legislatures
http://www.ncsl.org/healthreform Exit Disclaimer

State actions to implement health reform
http://www.ncsl.org/?tabid=22031 Exit Disclaimer

State reports and research
http://www.ncsl.org/?tabid=21448 Exit Disclaimer

State actions to implement health benefit exchanges
http://www.ncsl.org/?tabid=21388 Exit Disclaimer


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